06/17/2007 11:00PM

A.P. Indy's winners list a big, classy group



A.P. Indy is king among sires these days, and he is having an extraordinary year. His top runners include the Belmont Stakes winner Rag to Riches, as well as Master Command, Saint Anddan, Boca Grande, Indian Vale, A.P. Arrow, Autobahn Girl, Grat, Teammate, and Sahara Heat. On June 8, Mandurah, a 3-year-old colt by A.P. Indy, won an optional claiming allowance at 1 1/ miles, drawing off to a 5 1/2-length victory after leading all the way. Mandurah is out of a Group 3-winning Machiavellian mare Morning Pride, and his second dam, Wilayif, is a half-sister to an impressive array of stakes winners and producers, including Gorgeous, Key to the Moon, Seaside Attraction, and Jood. His third dam is Kamar, a

3-year-old filly champion Canada and Broodmare of the Year.

* Mr. Greeley is one of the best sons of Gone West at stud, and he continues to get winners on all surfaces around the country. On June 9, Greeley's Angel, a 3-year-old colt by Mr. Greeley out of the Broadway Forli mare Forli's Angel, won a six-furlong maiden race by 1 1/4 lengths. Greeley's Angel is a half-sister to stakes winners El Amante (Wild Again) and Happy Jazz Band (Dixieland Band).


Volponi was always a good stakes runner for the late Hall of Fame trainer Phil Johnson, but he was never better than when he ran away from his field in the Breeders' Cup Classic. Volponi is not standing at stud in this country anymore, but his first crop of juveniles will be seen this year. On the Belmont Stakes undercard, Prom Party, a 3-year-old half-sister to Volponi by Pulpit, rallied from seventh in a 12-horse field to win a one-mile maiden race on turf by 2 1/4 lengths. Pulpit is a strong hidden turf sire, and Prom Party gets additional turf breeding from her damsire, Sir Harry Lewis (Alleged), whose many victories included the Irish Derby.

* Put Stage Dream on your horses-to-watch list. Making her career debut, Stage Dream rallied to be second to Prom Party and also has a grass pedigree, as she is by a grass champion and influence Theatrical.

* Pulpit had additional turf winners when Schism, a 3-year-old filly, won a five-furlong maiden race on grass at Delaware Park on June 6, and Aussie Bird, a 3-year-old filly, won a one-mile maiden race on turf at Golden Gate on Juneo7. Schism is out of a Sir Ivor mare, Gravina, and Aussie Bird is out of the Bluebird mare Lan Kwai Fong.

* Dynaformer has been a very versatile stallion, getting high-class winners on all surfaces. While his runners will win regularly on dirt, they really are specialist on grass. On June 10, Perusal, a 3-year-old colt by Dynaformer out of the Danzig mare, Gaze, won a one-mile maiden race on turf as the 4-5 favorite. Perusal inherits turf ability from both Dynaformer and his damsire, Danzig, and the class of his female family is exceptional. His dam a half-sister to a stakes winner Coronado's Quest, and his second dam is a half-sister to Private Terms, Blue Ensign, and Steel Maiden. His third dam, Laughter, is a three-quarter sister to racing's greatest filly, Ruffian.


Trainer Patrick Biancone unveiled a dazzling 3-year-old filly on June 8 when La Traviata scored a wire-to-wire victory in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race by 13 1/4 lengths. La Traviata is from the first crop of Johannesburg, which also includes Scat Daddy, Marcavelly, Teuflesberg, and Baroness Thatcher. La Traviata is out of the Unbridled mare Piedras Negras, who is a half-sister to stakes-winning Jack Sullivan.

Hollywood Park

Trainer Doug O'Neill has a nice 2-year-old California-bred filly in Filter, who won her career debut, a five-furlong maiden race, by 2 3/4 lengths. By Gilded Time, who was a champion at 2, Filter is out of the Dixie Brass mare Classic Moment and her second dam, is the good New York-bred filly Ben's Moment.

* Trainer Peter Miller is scoring with his juveniles. On June 10, a 2-year-old colt of his, Whatever Whenever, won a five-furlong maiden race by two lengths, paying $4.20 - and on June 17, his 2-year-old filly Set Play won a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race and lit up the tote board at $27.60. Whatever Whenever is by the stakes sprinter Delaware Township, and Set Play is the second winner from the first crop of Van Nistelrooy, a highly regarded son of Storm Cat.

Lone Star Park

Van Nistelrooy's first winner was Maileys Cat, who captured the TTA Sales Futurity for fillies on June 9. Van Nistelrooy was a $6.4 million yearling and won 3 of 6 starts at age 2, including two stakes, and finished second in the Group 1 National Stakes. It was the only year he raced. Out of the Halo mare Halory, Van Nistelrooy is a half-brother to several stakes winners, including Brushed Halory, Halory Hunter, Key Lory, and Prory.

Monmouth Park

Harlan's Holiday won eight stakes during a three-year career from 2 to 4, and he is one of this year's freshman sires who is expected to do well. On June 6, Holidaze, who was fifth in his career debut at Keeneland on April 20, scored a head victory over his stablemate, first-time starter Atoned, in a five-furlong maiden race. Holidaze is by Harlan's Holiday out of the Katowice mare Katilac Ofthestars, while Atoned is from the first crop of Repent. Atoned also is inbred to an outstanding broodmare, Shenanigans, through her sons On to Glory and Icecapade. Shenanigans is also the dam of Buckfinder, Laughter, and of course, Ruffian. Imawildandcrazyguy, who was fourth in this year's Kentucky Derby, is another example of this inbreeding pattern to Shenanigans.